”I’m Not There” – Shadow Photography
In the photos the photographer displays a man looking at his shadow and all that is left is a pair of sneakers and a shadow.
Shadow is our alter ego; we all played with it once as kids dragging it up to the darks bringing it again to lights. When someone wants to hide makes himself sure that only his shadow can barely be noticed as he is already completely up to heights or deeper underground. “I am not here” are the words we all want to cry into the faces of no matter beloveds or strangers when we do feel that we are not the ones we used to be. This speaks of the fact that getting sick and tired of every surrounding thing sometimes we all want to disappear and return changed, relaxed, reborn and full of enthusiasm.
Such an example is a series of images called ‘’I’m Not There’’ by the Barcelona-based photographer Pol Ubeda Hervas. In the photos he displays a man looking at his shadow. The only thing is that the man has been removed from the pictures and all that is left is a pair of sneakers and a shadow.
Hervas was inspired to create this series because he said: “How can we accept that we are changing? How can we accept we hardly recognize ourselves in certain situations? I am changing at this very moment of my life. I do not react in the same ways I used to. I am surprised. Is that me? These pictures are the way I see myself now. My shadow is there but I erase myself because I don´t know who I am any longer. The shoes remain only to make sure there is something more than… a shadow.”
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